The Irish Kidney Association will be having their annual church collection throughout the county this weekend – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Diocesan Pilgrimage To Knock

Bishop Francis Duffy will lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, 7th September. Bus departs from Gowna at 9.45a.m. Mullinalaghta at 10.00p.m and Granard at 10.15a.m. Proceedings will get underway with confessions at 12.30p.m. Anointing of the sick will take place at 2.30pm. Mass with blessing of the sick will be celebrated at 3.00p.m. For the benefit of anyone wishing to travel by bus tickets are on sale at Cloonagh P.O at €16 each.

Charity Shop

The Clutterbug Charity Shop in Arvagh – What a difference a year can make. This shop was opened one year ago. In that short period over €20,000 has been donated to various charities and clubs in the area. We would like to thank all the people who donated, helped out, volunteered and bought articles in our premises. We hope to continue to improve our shop and would appreciate any feedback, ideas or help. We are open six days a week and all through Arva 3 Provinces Festivals. Why not call in and see us. For further information telephone 087 3899337. Michael or Jana Sheridan will be delighted to help you out.

Summer Camp

Places for the Super Summer Activity Camp this August are fast filling up. To book your child please contact Conor at 086 1984470, or drop into the house for a form. Cost of the camp is only €50 per child for the entire week with the cost of additional siblings only €40. Camp 1 for for 4-7 year olds will run from Monday, 11th August to Friday, 15th August. Camp 2 for 8-12 year olds will be held from Monday, 18th August to Friday, 22nd August. Do not hesitate to ask questions or make inquiries. All children are fully insured.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on this Wednesday 30th July. The winning numbers were 5, 13, 26, 28 with the jackpot of €5,700 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Maureen Fegan, Mullahoran G.F.C. Marie Matthews, Teffia Park. Thomas Murtagh, Culleenmore. Margaret Matthews, Toome and D.P. Finnegan, Cloonagh. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: Rian Brady. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie and Finbar. Kilcogy: Martin Reilly & Peadar McGovern. If unable to sell, please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 26th July was number 9 with Kathy Madden earning herself €20.

5km/1Okm Run

St. Columba’s GFC in conjunction with Longford Hospice will hold a 5km/ 10km run through Derrycassin Wood on Saturday, 30th August at 12 noon. Accurate course/chip timing will be an option for those wishing to avail of it. At the start of the race a chip is attached to your arm and your time is recorded. Chip entry fee is €15 and €10 for fun walkers. Registration will take place at entrance to the ‘’Laurels’’ beside Derrycassin Wood from 10.30a.m. Alternatively one can enter online at Refreshments will be served afterwards. Support would be very much appreciated. Please inform family and friends away from the area. There will be prizes for males, females and veterans.

Mans Best Friend

With the advances in technology it is envisaged that self drive cars are a thing of the future. However, recently a local client decided to let his canine friend Roddy take charge of the steering wheel. Everything was going fine until his master went on a short errand and left Roddy on his own in the car. Whether it was out of frustration on having to stay by himself or for some other reason, Roddy decided to lock car from inside with the keys in the ignition. Needless to say, the owner was in total shock when he arrived back. To complicate the matter more the car belonged to his daughter-in-law who did not have a spare key. We are happy to say that after a lengthy period with the help of the emergency services there was a satisfactory conclusion to the situation when the door was eventually opened. Thus, we ask the question was Roddy his master’s best friend on this occasion. We recommend the gent in question purchase one of those high tech vehicles when they become available. It is with pleasure we can state that all concerned are none the worse from this frightening experience.

Blood Donors

The mobile unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna on Monday,11th and Tuesday, 12th August. The clinic will be in operation each day from 5.00p.m. - 8.30p.m. We appeal to all donors to help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. All healthy people between 18 and 65 are eligible to donate. New donors are always welcome.